A secret roof-top hotel room encircled by curtains embroidered with stories of the people of London.
We took our inspiration from the idea of relationships and the overlapping layers of the histories of London, playing with the idea of the hotel room and strangers occupying the same space, sleeping in the same bed, albeit it at different times, but using the same space over and over again.
We propose to encircle the space on the roof with a series of concentric curtains. The curtain itself is translucent so that as a passerby you will perceive that there are spaces behind and as a guest you can still see out even when the curtains are drawn. By day the fabric will appear as ghostly layers of see-through fabric, the text of the fabric’s embroidery casting shadows onto the layers behind. By night the whole thing will glow with activity as the guests move around and use the space, turning lights on and off, the embroidered text now silhouetted against the light.
Living Architecture & Artangel
The rooftop of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London